Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes

Addressing the Factors Underlying Understatement of Serious Care Problems Requires Sustained CMS and State Commitment : Report to Congressional Requesters

Printed Ephemera - 2009
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Under contract with the CMS, states conduct surveys at nursing homes to help ensure compliance with federal quality standards. Over the past decade, GAO has reported on inconsistencies in states' assessment of nursing homes' quality of care, including understatement--that is, when state surveys fail to cite serious deficiencies or cite them at too low a level. In 2008, GAO reported that 9 states had high and 10 had low understatement based on CMS data for fiscal years 2002 through 2007. This report examines the effect on nursing home deficiency understatement of CMS's survey process, workforce shortages and training, supervisory reviews of surveys, and state agency practices. GAO primarily collected data through two Web-based questionnaires sent to all eligible nursing home surveyors and state agency directors, achieving 61 and 98 percent response rates, respectively.

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